Winter Rears Its Snowy Head… Again

Another blast of winter weather struck the tri-state region Sunday, prompting anxiety for motorists, frustration for airline travelers and exasperation for just about everyone else.

A wintry mix hit the region in mid-afternoon, and Storm Team 4 was expecting it would move out of the area before the Monday morning commute. However, roads will be slick and the morning drive could be tricky in spots, the team warns.

Warmer temperatures are anticipated Monday with the high approaching 40 degrees.

The Jersey Shore saw a dusting of snow, while 4 to 7 inches fell in New York City and 3 to 6 inches in the suburbs to the north and west.

A snow alert and travel advisory was in effect in New York City until Monday morning. Mayor Bill de Blasio said about 500 salt trucks and 1,500 plows attacked slippery streets.

The snowfall caused significant delays at airports in the region. Some arriving flights at Newark International Airport were delayed by an average of more than four hours, the Federal Aviation Administration reported. Arriving flights were delayed more than an hour at JFK and Laguardia airports.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Suffolk County until 7 a.m. Monday and a winter weather advisory for the rest of the tri-state region during that time.

New York City officials announced that alternate side of the street parking would be suspended Monday. And New Jersey Transit said it would be honoring tickets across all its platforms on Monday, meaning - for example - that customers with bus tickets can opt to take the train.

Wet weather is expected again Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as another storm hits. That storm is expected to bring mostly rain and possibly some snow.

Such wet, icy weather is becoming old hat for the area's residents, who have been grappling with record-breaking lows. After February came to a close Saturday night with an average monthly temperature of 23.9 degrees, it was declared the third coldest February in New York City since 1869.

The coldest February ever recorded in the city was in 1934, when the average temperature in Central Park was 19.9 degrees. February of 1885 comes in second.

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